Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Electron, a 3D-Printed Rocket, From New Zealand
Rocket Lab, Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, Thursday launched the first flight of its rocket-printed 3D battery from the Mahia Peninsula New Zealand.
“Done with space, the team was happy,” Rocket Lab said in its official Twitter account.
The successful launch of a low-cost, 3D-printed rocket is an important step in the commercial career to reduce financial and logistical obstacles to space while New Zealand an unlikely space center.
The company in Los Angeles and New Zealand amassed praised its service as a way for companies to get satellites in regular orbit.
“Our goal with electrons was to develop a reliable launcher that can be manufactured in large volumes. Our ultimate goal is to make the space accessible by delivering an unprecedented frequency of launch opportunities,” said Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab in a report.
The company has spent the last four years preparing for the launch of the test, and last week received the approval of the US Federal Aviation Administration, which controls the flight.
The bad weather had delayed the rocket takeoff three times this week.
New Zealand has created a new rocket law and set up a space agency waiting to become a low-cost space center.
Boats and aircraft must be reoriented every time a rocket is launched, limiting the chances of America’s heavens crowded, but New Zealand, a country of 4 million people in the South Pacific, has only Antarctica towards the South. The country is also well positioned to send satellites linked to an orbit from north to south around the poles.
However, many residents of the predominantly Maori community were dissatisfied with access to blockaded common areas.
“People come to Mahia so they can go to the beach and cut themselves now and by the sounds of it, one of these rockets will launch one every 30 days in order to regain our way of life,” said Pua Mahia Farmer Taumata.
But Taumata also said the program could offer opportunities.
“I’m in favor of technology … a lot of things could come from education.This gives our kids something different in their career.No one was thinking about entering the space industry (so far),” he -t said.
Lab rocket is one of about 30 companies and organizations around the world developing small satellite launch, as an alternative to companies that face the biggest launches or pay around $ 50 million for dedicated service. The company said in a statement that it has now received funding of $ 148 million and is estimated at more than $ 1 billion.
Rocket’s laboratory clients include NASA, the company Earth Imaging and Planet Startups Speyer and Luna Express.